2020 Voting Guide
Local Election News
In New York's 125th Assembly district
Barbara Lifton announced in early February that she will not be seeking re-election for a tenth term. She has represented all of Tompkins County and portions of Cortland County for the last 18 years.
Since Lifton’s announcement, seven candidates ran for the Democratic nomination for the 125th Assembly district: Sujata Gibson, Jordan Lesser, Jason Leifer, Seph Murtagh, and Anna Kelles from Tompkins County and Lisa Hoeschele and Beau Harbin of Cortland County. Anna Kelles emerged as the victor for the primary election, and this November will face off against Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County, who is running on the Libertarian Party line.*
*A previous statement indicated that Matthew McIntyre of Cortland County had dropped out of the race. This is incorrect, he is still in the running for Assembly.
In the New York State Senate
Tom O’Mara is up for reelection once again in New York’s 58th senate district, which spans Penn Yan to Watkins Glen, Hornell, Bath, Corning, Elmira, and Ithaca. He has held the seat since 2010.
So far, Leslie Danks Burke of Tompkins County is the sole Democrat to challenge O’Mara this election cycle.
***On Thursday, October 1 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. these two candidates will engage in a virtual debate hosted by The Cornell Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, a non-partisan organization.
Those interested in watching the debate are asked to please register ahead of time.***
Tompkins County District Attorney Race
In New York’s 23rd Congressional District
Representative Tom Reed, a Republican, is once again in the running for his position. Since 2012, he’s held the congressional seat in the 23rd district, which spans the southwestern portion of the state including Tompkins and Schuyler Counties.
Running against Tom Reed this year is Tracy Mitrano of Yates County who was a candidate in the 2018 race to represent New York’s 23rd Congressional district. She won the democratic nomination, but lost to Reed, claiming 45.8 percent of the vote according to ballotpedia.org.
Dr. Scott Noren of Tompkins County was also in the race for the Democratic nomination but was disqualified since he didn’t reach the minimum 375 signatures needed on the petition.